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Zabel to announce future plans

Erik Zabel has decided what his fate will be in the coming year, but he isn't making his plans public yet. He will announce his decision whether to retire or continue riding this week, according to Milram team manager Gerry van Gerwen.

"At Erik's wish, the announcement will only be made just before or during the World Championships," van Gerwen told the dpa press agency. It is expected that the 38 year-old will announce his retirement from professional racing.

Zabel started his career in 1993 with Telekom. His wins, amongst others, include six points competitions titles at the Tour de France and four editions of the Milano-Sanremo. (SW)

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